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Ban on Open Grazing: Miyetti Allah Directs Fulani Herdsmen to Leave Southern States, Lambasts Buhari

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Bauchi State Chapter, has directed its members to leave the 17 Southern States where their governors have banned open grazing.

The Chairman of the association, Sadiq Ibrahim Ahmed, gave the directive to members of the group on Saturday.

17 Southern governors had met on Tuesday in Asaba, Delta State capital, and resolved to ban open grazing across their states.

Reacting to the governors decision, Sadiq said Fulani people should return to the north to continue their cattle breeding business since they are no longer wanted in the South.

The Chairman who said criminality started in the South, charged governors from the region to tackle criminal groups and leave Fulani alone.

“This is a simple calculation. We are heading for secession. The rulers are no longer interested in the people. If some people are banned from open grazing, there is nothing more. Fulani people should move out from there. It is very simple.

“Must we transport the cattle there? I have said it before. We have an option of breeding our cattle here (North). We are peace lovers. Let them come and buy from us. It is some people’s fault.

“Criminality started in the South. Armed robbery, kidnapping all started in the South. We have been watching these on television. And if these are being transited to the North, and you know we have a government that is not protecting the Constitution of the nation. Everyone takes laws into his hands,” Sadiq said.

He lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari for allegedly not taking charge of the country, describing him as “a figurehead”.

“The President is there as a figurehead. He doesn’t know what he’s doing. He is not controlling anybody. In our country now, everyone does what he feels like. The country is already moving apart. Where is the central government, if some governors can meet and take decisions that are against the Constitution?” he stressed.

Sadiq argued that the solution to the current challenges is for the President to step aside or for Nigerians to elect a credible president in 2023.

He said Nigeria needs a leader with focus and competence and “a leader with a good example, who is ready to sacrifice his life for his subjects.”

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